La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde | Brasserie Thiriez

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La Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez BlondeLa Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France
brasseriethiriez.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Local name - La Blonde d'’Esquelbecq
US Import - Thiriez Blonde

Description on US bottle label:
“Daniel Thiriez’s rustic little brick-and-beam brewery graces the village of Esquelbecq, plunk in the middle of the rolling farm country of French Flanders. With a brewing degree from a Belgian university, and decidedly ‘Belgian-oriented,’ Monsieur Thiriez makes ales with an earthy, slightly wild character that recalls the early days of farmhouse brewing, before there was a border between France and Belgium. The delicate spicy champagne aromas of this thirst-quenching blonde beauty are quickly followed by a bracing rush of whole fresh hops.”

Added by tjd25 on 10-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of TheDoorman
2.56/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clousy yellow with a massive pourous head. A steady stream of carbonation traverses the center of the glass. Aroma of pear and orange and sour apple. Taste is very cidery. Lots of apple, nothing else comes to the front. Too cidery. Very sweet and tart. Lots of carbonaton. Too much. A dry apple-juice finish. This tastes just far too much like cider. I'm game for some funk and tart in my Saison, but this barely tastes like beer. I couldnt finish my glass. Not good.

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Photo of Deltoro
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Patrick999
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dry-hopped French farmhouse ale, per beautiful pastoral-looking bottle.

A - Similar to this brewer's other offerings I've tried, the pour is Duvel-ian in scope. Good thing I'm using my Duvel tulip. Big soapy head, some random gobs of foam sticking to the side of the glass. Golden-brown body - more of a dirty blonde.

S - Smells like a Saaz bomb - flowery and grassy. Also has a sweet orange cotton-candy smell.

T - Hmmm. This is pretty one-dimensional. Plenty of spicy, flowery hop, but this is also really sweet, when I was hoping for something dry. As it stands, this tastes like Saaz candy, a touch of Cointreau and little else. Hops try to dry it out in the finish, but fail utterly. Water used in this tastes like high-quality mineral water, I really get the mineral aspect in the base water. A tasty "beer," though unfortunately, I have to punish this farmhouse ale for its intense sweetness. This is a very wide-open, anything-goes style, sure - but there's one attribute that I really feel has to be met in order to be a good saison/farmhouse ale, and that's dryness. This is not at all dry - in fact, you could name drier Double IPAs, barleywines, triples, Belgian Strong Darks, or Old Ales. It's that sweet.

F - Plenty carbonated, but too pillow-soft for a 6% saison. It feels like a 9% Belgian Strong Pale. What a weird beer.

D - I think my high scores for appearance and aroma are going to keep this from being a complete failure score-wise. This *is* tasty, and is obviously the work of a craftsman, but the sweetness is wearisome. I'm finishing the 750ml bottle, because it wasn't cheap. This would undoubtedly pair very well with many dishes - the Saaz candy aspect would seem to make this a winner any time a sweeter white wine would be called for - but if you're looking to relax with a nice dry, quenching, hoppy saison, I'd avoid this one - save the bucks and pick up a Hennepin.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this new saison at the local, due to its decent reviews I figured I would give it a whirl. Poured a capped 750ml into my Triple Karmeliet tulip.

I cracked this open and instantaneously wished i would have opened it over the sink. Saison everywhere. This bad boy is a foamer. Once I got over the shock and got a glass under it, it poured straight foam. Maybe a 1/2 inch of beer with the rest head. For the amount of head that was present almost no lacing The aroma reminds me of caramel green apples. Almost an artificial green apple aroma. Lots of sweet caramel. Just a hint of floral hops. The flavor is much the same. Overwhelming sweet. Lots of caramel, with just a hint of tart green apple. A bit of yeasty biscuits. Very little hop presence. The mouthfeel is really sweet and full. Not dry at all. Overall, I wonder if I got a really old bottle. Most reviews talk about the hop presence but I get nothing like that. Just a wisp.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of bditty187
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I’m glad I used my Duvel glass, this was one heady beer. The liquid was hazy gold in hue with a bronze highlight, when backlit the liquid looks very lovely! The head, as alluded too, was three plus fingers in height. The foam was white in color; head retention was perfect. The jumble of bubbles hung together nearly forever. It was meringue-like. Impressive! A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized but very widespread. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about that. Little could improve the appearance.

The nose was lighter and airier then I would prefer. Marshmallows, grain, dry hop aromas, lemon zest, sugar cookies, Pilsner malts, and random (faint) spiciness. The potency is moderate. Honestly, the aromas don’t come together like I would want a “Saison” to do (or any Farmhouse ale). This beer needs more bite and more barnyard. I do like what I smell but I am not “wowed.” Hell, I’m not even satisfied… okay, it is inviting but the bouquet is so understated. No matter, I want to take a sip.

Mission accomplished. The palate, like XXtra has a dried celery and lightly nutty taste that I find distracting. Thin maltiness, cracker-like most of the time, at its best I’d call it cookie-like. Either way, the malt is frail. Light hop bitterness, mostly grassy with some earth and dull spice. At times, in the distance, petite fruit allusions come though. Of the three Thiriez beers all had very similar characteristics. House character? I guess. Honestly, it doesn’t vibe with me. While this beer is not bad I don’t really love it. At best it is okay. The flavor profile is far from bold but it really isn’t that delicate either… but I’m not going to call it bland. What I taste is a hodgepodge of faintly funky, earthy, and bready flavors. I would like more of all three, thanks. This beer leaves me wanting more…

Medium in body, on the thin side of things, the carbonation is moderately low but natural. The mouthfeel is agreeable but I can’t really find much special here. It’s workable.

In away, yes, this beer is drinkable… but not in anyway that impresses me. I can finish the bottle I have but I don’t think there is anyway I would buy this again. It is forgettable. It is boring. I can appreciate a delicate, well-crafted beer but for whatever reason this beer doesn’t jive with me, not every beer can be a hit. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with an average foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some tart notes and some lightly sweet Belgian malt. Full body with lots of lees and some average carbonation. Not bad but nothing standing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of abrodsky
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sheppard
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish gold. More amber than I would expect it to be. The head is a luxurious, pillowy, cloud. There's some clove aroma. The flavor is kind of muddled. Sweet and earthy. Rather disappointing.

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale straw colored brew, with a short white head that leaves no lacing and has small curtains.

The smell is funky yeasty, spices and lime almond.

Tasting sweet lemon marmalade, cardamom and clove.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a medium body, a dry finish.

Feels very genuine, like beer made for centuries.

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Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnance: cloudy light orange in color with a very short head that creates a thick surface foam.

Smell: fruit sweetness and a floral bitterenss is mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruit sweetness, pears, green grapes, with some nice bitterness and a touch of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighty crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit sweeter and fruitier than expected. Not a bad beer but there are better saisons out there.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Farnswurth
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blonde color with 1.5" of white head on the top of it. Aroma was if this makes sense, dry perfume. Pale malts and a mild yeast presence qualifying as Belgian.

Taste, enjoyable, thin body, heavy flavor delivery, again dry, slightly mild citrus notes, pithy bitterness. Carbonation was high. I don't know if this had pepper, of it the lemon like citrus qualities and high carbonation tend to make you think there might be based on those two factors together often giving a beer a little more prickliness that isn't too far from being peppery. Grassy as well. Really tame hopping, but par for the course for style. Never picked up on any of the earthy funky descriptors others have used. Thought this was really dry and clean.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a rocky two finger-plus-out-of- control head that eventually settles down, and has excellent retention and some good lacing. Body is an opaque hazy gold. Looks beautiful.

Smell - herbal, grassy, and slightly spicy hops, some horse blanket, hint of toasty, biscuity malt.

Taste - mostly as promised by the nose, but also actually somewhat more sour on the finish. The grassy, herbal hops and horse blanket dominate the barely-there biscuity malt. More horse blanket on the finish ( the sour ) .

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly slick from the hops.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not really great, so I wouldn't have it often, or more than two 12 oz. servings per session before wanting a change of taste. Also, this seems to be more of a Belgian Pale Ale, ala Popperings, than a Saison such as Dupont.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice blonde appearance with over an inch of white head on it. Aroma was a little bit of belgian phenolic spice rack.

Taste was a real dry, lemon, pepper, high carbonation experience. Prickly grassiness. This one was pretty clean as opposed to funky. Decent beer, but kind of a high price all things considered.

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Photo of tjd25
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A silky ocean of foam stays on top of a very active golden orange color body. The smell is firm, fresh and very yeasty, as if we were baking bread in the glass. Quite fruity too, a bit reminiscent of a witbier. The taste is fruity and bready at first, but gets overwhelmed by a sharp and deep hop character that brings a thickness in the mouth and a grapefruit-like astringency. Some Orval notes in this brew. Some peppery notes slightly bite the tongue. The hoppiness is a bit oily too, and I don't know how I feel about that. The mouthfeel is round and enjoyable (the mouth seems to be wrapping the beer up in one grasp), melting in the mouth before the hops appear in a quite unusual way for a belgian pale ale. It gets dry, very dry, and therefore less palatable. Some annoying graininess appear in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, but with a high liters of water you need/glasses of beer you drink ratio.

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Photo of apasternak
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of watchnerd
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another near-gusher from Thiriez, hyper carbonated and ejaculating out of the top of the bottle. Not as unique as the Extra, but an enjoyable blonde. Great head, nice lacing, moderate hop presence. An enjoyable brew. Worth the money compared to blondes brewed in North America? Debatable.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split. Bottle reads 6%. Reviewed from notes.

A - Slow gusher. Pours two two twolips hazy darkish orange with some resting flecks at the bottom. A white head retains as a thick ring+slight cap and leaves bits of lace.

S - Earthy and fruity. Lemon, apple, bread and slight caramelish malts, peach, leafiness, wet hay.

T - More apple and straight-forward yeast profile here kinda gives it a stale feel compared to the nose. Still a good plethora flavors here, lots of pear, green grape, herbal hop, bready farm yeasts, grains, persistent sweet malt.

M - Carbonation is somewhat on the low side, somewhat big-feeling for 6%, light hop bitterness and a crisp finish, yeasty, pretty easy drinking.

O - Good fruit notes from the dry-hop and yeasts meld well with straight-up saison flavors, the smell was pretty promising but the taste seemed a bit meh in comparison. Was expecting more from the hops, though it's a good beer, it's lacking compared to lots of other saisons.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big overpouring flow of white foam. Very foamy head, on lighter coloured body. A bit of spice and yeast aroma. Drinkable French saison taste, pleasant and moderate complexity noted in multi-coursed lunch. More spicy and not too sweet. Well hopped and appropriate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very little beer. Very much head. Yet another charged up Thiriez. (That makes 3 now.) The white foam takes up 2/3 of the glass. I must wait patiently for my sip of nectar. The beer underneath the thick crop is pale yellow and slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lemon zest, farmyard funk, anise, white pepper.

Taste: Farmyard earthiness. Herbal qualities. Cracked black pepper. Lemon pepper. And licorice. Musty as well.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and airy. A little gaseous. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Better mouthfeel would lead to better drinkability. The taste is good enough. But it's first of all, hard to get at the nectar. Second of all, airy and gaseous when I do get it.

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4.01 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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